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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 16, 2012 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead vs. Led Zeppelin

I have always though of Led Zeppelin as the "anit-Dead" . I could go on and on , I The main difference is "soulfulness" . Garcia could move you to tears, but while the mighty Zep, could come up with some impressive songs and textures , It seem so surface . I am unmoved by Page's guitar playing, as compared to the other giants of the era . He writing and arranging skills where his talent shines , in my opinion .
The band Page modeled his on was the WHO . A big loud drummer (Moon), a musically proficient professional on bass (Entwistle ), a blond sexy lead singer (Daltrey) and a guitar player leader ( Townshend , though Page was more a traditional lead player than Pete ). It was all very calculated, and paid off extremely well .
On a human level, though the Dead, and especially their road crew, could be as rowdy and any, they never had that "mean" thuggish level of behavior that some of LZ had . Read the Bill Graham autobio on this , allowing for some Uncle Bobo bull, it still is not a flattering portrait of Zeppelin .
I must say , in contrast to creepiness of Page, and the sick brutality of Bonham, I have always heard that Plant is a good "bloke', but any who have met him .

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 16, 2012 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead vs. Led Zeppelin

I think I'm in this camp with you. I always found Zeppelin cold. Totally recognize their musical skill, but for me listening to them is like watching paint dry.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 16, 2012 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead vs. Led Zeppelin

That changed for me when I heard "How The West Was Won" (1972 live stuff) and a boot I have from, I think, '75, at MSG. Far from cold.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 16, 2012 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead vs. Led Zeppelin

Being the live music whore that I am, I absolutely will check those out. Appreciate the rec.

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